S/V INTREPID II - Cape Dory Intrepid 40

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Intrepid II is a Cape Dory Intrepid 40 sailboat, hull #2, designed by Chuck Paine and discovered by the Captain in Blue Hill Maine in 2006. The crew are Kelly (Captain) and Carol (Admiral and Blogger). In 2009 INTREPID II embarked on her West Coast journey from Victoria to San Francisco, the Baja Sur Peninsula and into the Sea of Cortez. In 2010/2011, we sailed ifrom Guaymas, south to Bahia Banderas and back. In 2011/2012 she left Guaymas, headed south to La Paz, spent three weeks at anchor on our northward journey and rested on the hard in San Carlos. Her 4th, 5th and 6th seasons were Boat Projects related. Optimistic that there will be more cruising on the horizon!

July 30, 2015

How we are spending our summer

Fuschias - hummingbirds love it
We really aren't auditioning to be hermits but realize that we haven't been very communicative these past months.  Here's a quick update and we hope your summer is going well wherever this finds you.

We are keeping busy with house and garden projects.  All those projects that replace the boat projects once the Captain returned home from time spent with INTREPID II.

Today we've just returned from visiting Garden Works, a local nursery, to pick up a few flowering plants to fill in the patchy spots on our deck and what should be a showy sunny flower bed.  The heat we've been experiencing is hard on even sun loving plants.  As we do enjoy watching butterflies, bees and our hummingbird neighbours visit the blossoms, we try to have an abundance of plants which attract them.  We stopped by the Root Cellar for fresh veggies and ingredients to make crab cakes, which we've been craving for a few days.  Finally we donned long sleeve denim shirts to hunt for any remaining blackberries on a trail Kelly frequents but anything ripe has been picked clean.  There should be a great crop in another few weeks however.
Abundant petunias
At times we put up our feet, read a novel or travel book or another intriguing publication. We've stripped the last of the wallpaper that came with our house and have the paint ready to apply once the walls are smoothed and re-taped.  There are new cellular blinds on several windows, which were primed and painted and look fresh and bright.  The yard always needs attention.  The west coast greenery grows and grows and we have yet to learn how to teach a plant to stay pruned.

Way back in mid June we attended the annual Bluewater Cruising Association barbeque.  As in past years, we enjoyed catching up with cruising friends who have made it 'back home' as well as encouraging this year's Fleet of 'doers' as they prepare to head south.  It will be a treat to read of their exploits as we recall our own initial cruising journey 'way back' in September 2009.